The draft law seeking to authorise surrogacy for singles and same sex couples has passed the first stage in the legal battle. In its first reading last Monday in Knesset, the law was approved by a majority of 45 votes to 15. According to the Israeli Health Minister, this draft law is based on equality.
The draft law regulates private contracts between individuals and surrogacy agencies. It ensures that these agencies are certified by the Justice and Health Ministries. If the bill gets through the 2nd and 3rd readings, both ministries will work together to tackle foreign surrogacy agencies offering their services to Israeli people.
Ultra-orthodox members of Knesset have already expressed their opposition to the draft law, deeming it immoral to regulate the issue “of importing and exporting babies” like merchandise.